Evansville, Ind. (July 11, 2017) – Old National Bank, in cooperation with its Abilities First Associate Resource Group, is raising awareness to encourage lawmakers to update the Symbol of Accessibility sign from “handicapped” to “reserved,” and update the Symbol (updated logo can be found below and on the petition website). All are invited to sign the petition which can be found at www.changethesign.com .
Old National’s Abilities First Associate Resource Group launched the petition in Evansville, Indiana during Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2016 and in Madison, Wisconsin in May 2017. In March 2017, the Indiana House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 41 in favor of studying implementation of the new signage by a vote of 88-0. The resolution calls on Congress to give a much-needed update to accessibility statutes and regulations by allowing the usage of the new and improved Symbol of Accessibility. Support of the change includes state lawmakers Sen. Vaneta Becker, Rep. Holli Sullivan, Rep. Wendy McNamara, Rep. Ryan Hatfield, Rep. Thomas Washburne and others.
“The current logo was designed in 1968. After nearly 50 years, it’s time for a new and refreshed logo that better represents those with disabilities who make up the largest minority in the world,” said Ben Trockman, Employment & Outreach Specialist and member of Old National’s Abilities First Associate Resource Group. “We want to encourage everyone throughout Old National’s footprint to sign the petition with the goal of getting the logo adopted throughout the entire Midwest.”